Fiction

Drone

July 4, 2020

Melissa wants badly to fly the drone, but Jeff might get mad. It rests on top of the fridge, like one of those giant insects she’s seen in her oldest son’s books about the Jurassic, gleaming at her, waiting to take flight.

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Zenith (My Fantasy America II)

July 4, 2020

The city of Zenith is known for the hundreds of dirigibles floating cloudlike above the ground. Each more fantastic than the next, the airships hang five hundred feet in the air.

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Previous Pilgrims

June 26, 2020

I am walking down a broad, stony, rocky riverbed that is almost dry. A tiny stream runs circuitously in the deepest part of the riverbed. It is hardly more than a foot wide. My brother and I are picking our way with rod and staff, among the ancient stones, using great care. “This is the […]

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When Your House Shares a Property Line With Another Realm

June 19, 2020

There is a circle of mushrooms in the yard, and sometimes, after days of rain, there are two circles next to each other, like conjoined soap bubbles.

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Tree Worship

June 12, 2020

Breathe. Stand. Take it all in. Pearl Abraham’s “Tree Worship” is a gorgeously slow, dreamlike window into a life in search of “rootedness.”

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‘Fire on the Mountain’: Three Excerpts

June 5, 2020

In this bracing and provocative alternate history, a Black socialist utopia rises in the Deep South after John Brown’s 1859 raid on the federal arsenal at Harper’s Ferry succeeds.

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